Vaporizer2 is the flagship hybrid wavetable additive/subtractive synth/sampler workstation from Vast Dynamics, and it’s now open-source.
The move to open-source came with the release of version 3.3.0 (latest info available via the Vast Dynamics GitHub page).
Vast Dynamics calls Vaporizer2 “Probably the most versatile wavetable synthesizer,” when you read the feature list, that might just be true.
Vaporizer2 boasts a high-performance wavetable engine with four independent alias-free oscillator banks (up to 24 oscillator unison). The powerful engine promises low CPU usage even when pushed close to its limits.
It has over 780 wavetables, single cycles, and more than 410 factory presets. Presets are easy to find with the preset management system, which allows you to search by tags, text, and ratings.
One of the highlights of Vaporizer2 is the flexible wavetable editor that provides seemingly endless options, including frequency shift, clean smooth, bend, and bloat for single cycles, parts, or whole wavetables.
You also get a convenient and easy-to-use wavetable draw mode. Wavetable draw mode features smooth bezier curves and a snap-to-grid function.
Vaporizer2 also offers 30 real-time wavetable effects per oscillator. The featured effects include hard sync, sincify, brew, and bend/bloat.
The additive synthesis section allows users to edit harmonics and phases in real time.
The sampler section features loop points, loop start modulation, key tracking, and zero crossing detection. A granular synthesis mode is also available in the sampler section, which could be perfect for creating cinematic, gritty, or unusual ambient textures. In addition, you can resample samples to wavetables with pitch detection.
As for modulation, a powerful modulation matrix provides 25 modulation sources and 220 modulation destinations. Modulation sources include key track, random drift, and four custom macro knobs.
This versatile synth has an innovative filter section with over 30 filter types and three effects busses, including 4X oversampling and mono cutoff. Onboard effects include flanger, reverb, chorus, delay, bitcrush, phaser, waveshaper, and more.
Throw in five MSEG envelopes, five LFOs per voice, three-step sequencers (sync to DAW), and a built-in arpeggiator, and we still haven’t covered everything.
Vaporizer2 is nothing if not ambitious!
To celebrate the release of version 3.3.0, Vast Dynamics is offering a free-to-download FL Studio 12.1 demo project (Club Sounds).
On the topic of ambitious free wavetable synths, check out SocaLabs Wavetable if you haven’t already.
Vaporizer2 is available in AU, VST, and AAX formats for macOS and Windows.
Download: Vaporizer2 (FREE)